An additional superintendent of police (ASP) doubled up as a marriage counsellor, helping a couple in Bhind district who had been separated for years to reunite.
Vandana and Shashikant Shrivastava had married 15 years ago, but after the birth of their daughter, the couple separated. After their separation, the court ordered Shashikant to pay Vandana alimony of `2,000 a month.
However, Shashikant discontinued paying the alimony two years ago, and an aggrieved Vandana reached the Bhind superintendent of police’s office on Sunday, where she met ASP Amrit Meena. Vandana informed that her daughter is ailing and after discontinuation of alimony, she was facing hardship in getting her daughter treated.
After hearing Vanada out, Meena called Shashikant to the office, and after talking to both, he felt there was no serious reason behind the separation. He counselled the two, following which they decided to give marriage another shot for their daughter.
To reduce further complications, Meena decided to solemnize the marriage in his office. He ordered that two garlands be purchased, and called his reader Ravishankar Mishra, who chanted the the appropriate mantras while the two exchanged garlands.
“The duty of the police is not limited up to law and order. We are public servants and by uniting the couple I just did my duty,” Meena said.
(With inputs from Subhash Jain)